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Little Megan liked the Eleanor Roosevelt story.

“It’s so imaginative!” she said. “You’re such a good writer!”

She’s a reader. If I still had my immense library, I could dig out other things for her to read. But I don’t see her as a John LeCarré fan.

She’s very bored.

“I mean—it’s all very pretty and everything. But there’s nothing to do!”

I laughed. “Yes, my youngest son—he’s two years older than you—absolutely refuses to come visit me here. He says it’s too dull. And if I were your age, I’m sure I’d go mad. But, of course, I’m not, so instead I feel like a member of an endangered species on extremely beautiful game preserve. Look! No lions!”

“But I don’t think of you as old,” Little Megan said. “I mean, I do. You are. But I don’t.

Which I guess was a compliment.


I fucked up my knee again yesterday by going for an extremely long walk. Not a run; a walk.

It’s definitely a pronation thing since pains were shooting up from my right ankle into my knee all last night, making it difficult to sleep. So, new shoes. Orthotics. There’s a very famous store in Saugerties, Montano’s, that sells reasonably attractive orthotic shoes.

And I guess I’ll have to restrict activity for at least two weeks.

I daydream sometimes about an excuse to do absolutely nothing but lie in bed for a week watching baaaaad TV. (Of course, I don’t own a TV, so I’d really be watching baaaaad iPad.) A peculiar thing would happen as I watched: The Law & Order episodes on the various streaming networks I subscribe to would cross-pollinate and reproduce; there would be dozens and dozens of new episodes I’d never seen before! Plus Inspector Wexfords from novels that Ruth Rendell had continued writing, apparently from beyond the grave! And I would be happy, happy, happy. Doing nothing, nothing, nothing.

Of course, since I am answerable to no one these days, it’s not as though I need an excuse to lie in bed all day and watch baaaad TV.

But I can’t let myself.

I look at L’s boyfriend Chris who is actually two years younger than I am and whom I like but about whom I’m going to say something extremely uncharitable: He looks like Mr. Potatohead or a big lump of Play-Dough. There’s this head on this body. Little stick arms and legs are sticking out but the body is just this big bulbous mass with absolutely no definition.

Everywhere he goes, he carts about this huge medicine chest filled with all the pills he takes. Forty percent of his conversation is about his allergies and his back pain, and another 20% of his conversation is about how much better this place used to be before [your change goes here] fucked it all up.

That’s what old people are like, I remind myself.

Old people are all around me here on the beautiful Hudson Valley game preserve.

And the only thing that stands between me and them are those three-mile runs I do three or four times a week plus those projects I’m involved in that I never talk to people in my daily life about.

Write those short stories. Finish that damn novel. Do those art projects and leave them anonymously in the library stacks! Stake up those tomato plants! Knock on doors for Antonio Delgado! Run.

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Jul. 19th, 2018 09:40 pm (UTC)
We have a Montano's here but it's a delicious deli/restaurant.

I have used orthotics innersoles in the past, they were expensive. That's why I was happy with Merrill's both shoes and athletic shoes.

I forgot, do you like gazpacho? Another use for cukes.

Jul. 20th, 2018 02:00 pm (UTC)
I gave the excess cukes to the foodbank! :-)

Montsano's (shoe store) seems like a good idea because it will help me avoid spending the big buck$$$$ on a podiatrist. They know their orthotics! I wouldn't know which orthotics to choose.
Jul. 20th, 2018 04:28 am (UTC)

This is perfect.

Yeah, you can create height and a hanging-down situation by staking the tomatoes. I've used a lot of chicken wire, too.

Jul. 20th, 2018 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yep. Calvin & Hobbes are me most days.

I reengineered the tomatoes. I have a lot of tomatoes! More tomatoes than anyone else in that garden. I just wanna keep them off the ground, so they'll ripen.
Jul. 20th, 2018 04:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe a piece of lattice (or several). Home Depot will cut a piece to your specs for you.
Jul. 20th, 2018 04:59 pm (UTC)
I used stakes. I think they're fine.

Next year, I will pay more attention to industrial design in the initial stages of planning the garden. :-)
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